Art and Design

English: Chelsea College of Art and Design (No...

Art and Design
• Inevitably the study of what draws us to certain buildings overlaps with the study of what makes art interesting and affecting. Berlyne (1971)74 defines the ‘commonly accepted’ ways in which art serves
• people and lists the four main dimensions:
• 1. Providing pleasure.
• 2. Informing us about ways in which we can reshape, transform, translate or symbolize the world.
• 3. Exercising our information processing capabilities (but not too much, as we have seen!)
• 4. Defining our personality or sense of identity
• Somner’s book “Tight Spaces; Hard Architecture and How to Humanize It”75 notes
• how monolithic, unvarying concrete environments violate these principles. He
• cites graffiti art in subways as an attempt to soften a hard environment. Although
• the motivations are more complex than this (identity and the marking of territory 31
• are also key), he makes some useful points.
• Around this time architects are certainly starting to discover that willful destruction and vandalism is more common in areas that are perceived as not giving pleasure while opposite effects are created by objects and environments which are experienced as aesthetically pleasing.
Bruner, a psychologist and psychoanalyst wrote an essay called ‘Art as a mode of knowing’76 in which she highlighted four aspects of aesthetic experience that are ‘rewarding’:

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